[George Q. Cannon]
Last evening the Twelve and the two Counselors had a meeting and talked over the indebtedness of the Church of the President's Estate. We proposed to accept all their bills and their accounts if the [they] would present them duly fortified by evidence. The lawyers of the heirs – Williams and Young stood ready to fight any claim that the Church might present, and the church would be put in the attitude of attacking the Prest's, estate. I was determined for one that I would not be a party to any such arrangement. Whatever differences of opinion may exist as to the amount the Estate owed the Church, there was no one who understood affairs who did not know that there was a large amount due, and to have the Church forced to sue for that which rightfully belonged to it through the Courts was a proceeding that I was determined I would not be a party to. I therefore said to Prest. Taylor to-day that I would rather he would not call another meeting of the Twelve to discuss this matter, but I said as one executor I would take the property belonging to the Estate and settle the church claim whatever amount the Twelve should think legally due to the church. This would protect the Church and instead of the church having to sue the Estate, the heirs would have to sue us the executors.
[The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]
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